Dr Amelia Johns



Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2012


+61 3 925 17030


Amelia Johns is a Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute. Her work spans the fields of youth studies, digital media studies and cultural studies. Her research examines issues of: whiteness and youth identity; Muslim, migrant and diaspora youth negotiations of faith and citizenship; and young people’s negotiation of racism and citizenship in digitally networked publics. Her current research project examines Malaysian-Chinese youth digital practices, and the role 'the digital' plays in negotiations of political participation, citizenship and belonging. She is the author of 'Battle for the Flag' (2015), an empirical investigation of youth performances of racism, nationalism and whiteness in the Cronulla riots of 2005. She is also co-editor of recently published book 'Negotiating Digital Citizenship: Control, Contest, Culture' (with Anthony McCosker and Sonja Vivienne, 2016).

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Research interests

Youth digital cultures in the Australia and the Asia Pacific region

youth political participation and citizenship

multiculturalism and globalisation

racism, whiteness and anti-racism,


Cultural Studies Association of Australia (CSAA)

The Australian Sociological Association of Australia (TASA)

The Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR)

Knowledge areas

Youth digital cultures in the Australia and the Asia Pacific region; youth political participation and citizenship; multiculturalism and globalisation; racism, whiteness and anti-racism,

Professional activities

Assistant Editor of the Journal of Citizenship and Globalisation Studies


Australian Postgraduate Award (2006-2009)


Amelia is working on a project examining "Digital Citizenship and user-driven digital practices of Malaysian-Chinese youth"


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Examining Islamic religiosity and civic engagement in Melbourne

M Vergani, A Johns, M Lobo, F Mansouri

(2017), Vol. 53, pp. 631-78, Journal of sociology, London, Eng., C1


Social networks and perceptions of intergenerational difference among migrant youth in Australia

F Mansouri, A Johns

(2017), Vol. 53, pp. 127-144, Journal of sociology, London, Eng., C1


Collaborative partnerships and gatekeepers in online research recruitment

A Rattani, A Johns

(2017), Vol. 17, pp. 27-29, American journal of bioethics, Philadelphia, Pa., C1


After Cronulla: 'where the bloody hell are we now?'

A Johns, G Noble, A Harris

(2017), Vol. 38, pp. 249-254, Journal of intercultural studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Flagging white nationalism 'After Cronulla': from the beach to the net

A Johns

(2017), Vol. 38, pp. 349-364, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Grounding religiosity in urban space: insights from multicultural Melbourne

F Mansouri, M Lobo, A Johns

(2016), Vol. 47, pp. 295-310, Australian geographer, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Battle for the flag

A Johns

(2015), Carlton, Vic., A1


Religiosity, citizenship and belonging: the everyday experiences of young Australian Muslims

A Johns, F Mansouri, M Lobo

(2015), Vol. 35, pp. 171-190, Journal of muslim minority affairs, London, Eng., C1


Contested Publics: Racist rants, bystander action and social media acts of citizenship

A McCosker, A Johns

(2014), pp. 66-72, Media International Australia, North Ryde, NSW, C1


More than a game : the impact of sport-based youth mentoring schemes on developing resilience toward violent extremism

A Johns, M Grossman, K McDonald

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 57-70, Social inclusion, Lisbon, Portugal, C1


Muslim young people online: "Acts of citizenship" in socially networked spaces

A Johns

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 71-82, Social inclusion, Lisbon, Portugal, C1


Bloods, crips and southern cross soldiers: gang identities in Australia

A Johns

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 299-316, A critical youth studies for the 21st century, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1-1


Social media conflict: platforms for racial vilification, or acts of provocation and citizenship?

A Johns, Anthony McCosker

(2014), Vol. 47, pp. 44-54, Communication, politics and culture, Melbourne, Vic., C1


'It's about freedom': contesting dominant representations of devout Muslim women in the space of the nation

A Johns, M Lobo

(2013), pp. 1-17, TASA 2013 : Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations, 50 years of Australian Sociology : Proceedings of TASA conference 2013, Melbourne, Vic., E1


Productive provocations: vitriolic media, spaces of protest and agonistic outrage in the 2011 England riots

A McCosker, A Johns

(2013), pp. 171-193, Fibreculture journal, Sydney, N. S. W., C1


White tribe: echoes of the Anzac myth in Cronulla

A Johns

(2008), Vol. 22, pp. 3-16, Continuum: journal of media and cultural studies, Abingdon, England, C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Understanding social cohesion and digital resilience amongst young people aged 12 to 17

Prof Anita Harris, Dr Amelia Johns

Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner

  • 2016: $35,000

Other Public Sector Funding

Centre of Excellence on Resilient Communities and Inclusive Societies (CERCIS)

Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Prof Michele Grossman, Prof Fethi Mansouri, Prof Greg Barton, Dr Amanuel Elias, Dr Vivian Gerrand, Dr Anna Halafoff, Prof Anita Harris, Dr Amelia Johns, Prof Amanda Keddie, Prof Yin Paradies, Dr Matteo Vergani, Dr Jessica Walton, A/Prof Chad Whelan, Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc, Dr Philippa Collins, Dr Hass Dellal, Dr Nida Denson, Prof Kevin Dunn, Dr Liam Magee, Dr Liam McGarty, A/Prof Amanda Third, Dr Michael Ungar

  • 2018: $1,065,362


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